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Experiments on an aircraft flight parameter detection by on-skin sensors

Callegari, Sergio and Zagnoni, Michele and Golfarelli, A. and Tartagni, M. and Talamelli, A. and Proli, P. and Rossetti, A. (2006) Experiments on an aircraft flight parameter detection by on-skin sensors. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 130-131. pp. 155-165. ISSN 0924-4247

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Abstract

Air speed and flight attitude angles are fundamental parameters for manual of automatic control of flying bodies. Conventional measurement methods rely on probes (e.g. Pitot tubes or vanes) having a one-to-one correspondence with the physical quantities of interest and requiring specific placements. Here, a novel measurement approach is proposed, relying on indirect measurement and on a plurality of pressure readings made by thin capacitive sensors directly placed on the aircraft skin. A redundant number of probes relaxes the accuracy requirements posed on the individual units and helps achieving fault detection or fault tolerance. A strategy for efficiently processing/combining sensor data is herein presented together with an error propagation analysis, and experimental data.